WHAT IS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF HUMIDITY FOR YOUR HOME?
Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Generally, when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.
What takes place when you have too much or too little humidity?
Too Much Humidity
If you haven’t been in the situation, chances are you have at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with heightened humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult for your body to monitor internal temperatures.
Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could provide you with energy savings.
Too Little Humidity
While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.
Lack of moisture can harm the wood within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.
What can you do?
Fortunately, there are options to help you assess and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home, so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. And if you are having difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.
If you see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Bob Oliver Heating and Air Conditioning can help.
You can contact us online or call us at 515-277-1696. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.